Danube strategy will be adopted in 2011
Serbia may receive up to 200m euros annually in grants from the EU as part of the Danube Strategy, which will be adopted in the first half next year, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn announced at a conference Monday (September 27th) in Belgrade. The strategy will be adopted in the next EU budget period, 2014-2020, and is aimed at fostering the development of regions in 14 countries along the Danube River. It will provide funds for the financing of infrastructure and recycling projects. Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic says his government has already allocated 18.5m euros of the state budget for financing the strategy. European Investment Bank President Philippe Maystadt confirmed that his institution will co-finance various projects in Serbia that are part of the Danube Strategy. (Beta, B92, Tanjug, RTS – 27/09/10)
Member in Novi Sad, Serbia
Assiciation for Alternative Creation Kulturanova Novi Sad, Serbia is focused on the development of urban youth culture and raising awareness of relevant social issues, with the vision of building creative platforms for youth in Novi Sad and in the region. AAC Kulturanova is very much concerned with how art can effect environment and benefit local communities.
It was founded in May 2001 in Novi Sad (the capital of Vojvodina, region in Serbia). Organisation was founded as an "umbrella" association of various non-formal independent art groups and individuals, young artists from Novi Sad. It’s focus is on a development of urban youth culture and raising awareness on relevant social issues, with the vision of building creative platforms for youth in Novi Sad and its region.
In April/May 2008 in collaboration with Austrian ministry of foreign affairs and "Art Council" from Vienna, was organised the first "Flow - festival of Conversation for Culture and Science" in Novi Sad which was announced and open by the Austrian Minister for foreign affairs Ursula Plasnik. "Mislim reku / I think river"- performance was produced for that occasion. The performance deals with a metaphoric river - the inner river of images, flow of consciousness, stream of memories and sensations. It deals with the movements' and breath's stream, the waves and vibration of the performer' s body. It deals with seed of inter-personal communication. The dramaturgical approach is questioning the nature of “theatrical context” by creating ambiguous situation between public and intimate space. Documentaristic issues from real life of the performers are associated with the texts and the theme by devised authors. The texts of the authors are processed by a personal and autobiographical re-writing by each performer. Choreography and formal scenic languages are inter-posed to a non-theatrical approach to the performers “presence”. Actions take place in a big space containing a virtual series of enclosed spaces of small dimensions. Inside each-one of small spaces a suspended ambiance - a “vacuum” where a performer is virtually left alone and his/her conscience is free to float from images to images.
Besides the above, Kulturanova is very much interested in reviving some of the industrial heritage sites near the river Danube in Novi Sad. For that purpose Kulturanova conducted a research about such spaces and even created few performances in one of the abandoned venues. Turkish bath was transformed into performing space. First it was in the framework of Festival of Alternative Creative Exchange in 2005 when the French performing group Circare performed there and later on for the project Urban Art Spaces in 2006 and several other exhibitions/actions during 2006 and 2007.